Granville High School Class of 2022: Persevering through challenges

The Granville High School Class of 2022 will soon toss their caps and celebrate their graduation.

From advocating for others to enduring medical challenges, these students have left their mark on the village and Ohio.

The Advocate spoke to four Granville graduates about their high school experience and the next steps in their educational journeys.

Liz Hedger advocated for inclusivity

Liz Hedger did the work — inside and outside the pool — to make it to the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s state swimming tournament in February.

It was a culmination of 10 years of swimming and two years of advocating for athletes like herself with a disability to be included during the district and state tournament. Liz has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism.

Liz moved to Ohio in at the beginning of ninth grade from Indiana where athletes with disabilities could participate in the state tournament. But in Ohio that was not an option. Liz and other athletes with disabilities continuously reached out to the OHSAA to make it a reality.

“I was seeing all my peers …. and friends go off and do these state competitions and districts and I was like ‘Well I have this awesome time cut’ and they’re like ‘Oh that’s cool.’ No one understands, but everyone understands when you’re like, ‘I went to states,'” she said.

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